Juneau police kill bear

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau police shot and killed a female black bear after it attacked a pet dog, growled at officers and broke down a fence early Tuesday morning in a residential neighborhood.

Police got a call about 1 a.m. that a bear would not leave a woman's backyard, and her dogs were barking at it. When officers arrived, the bear moved toward them. It stopped when it reached a fence, but began to growl at them.

The officers set off a large firecracker, and the noise sent the bear up a tree in the yard, where it continued to growl. Police said when they fired another cracker round, the bear climbed out of the tree, ran across the yard and attacked a dog that was chained to another tree.

Officers were able to get the bear to move away from the dogs, so the owner could take them inside.

A nearby resident then called, saying the bear had broken down her fence. At that point, officers shot and killed the bear.

Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said police saw no cubs with the bear, but have been told a small cub was in the same area. The neighborhood is near Tongass National Forest lands.

Garbage was strewn in the yards of both residents. Porter said citations for unsecured garbage were possible, but had not been issued Tuesday afternoon.

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